Undergoing an Anorectal Manometry at UPMC Susquehnanna
If you are suffering from incontinence or constipation, your doctor may recommend an anorectal manometry. This procedure measures and evaluates bowel function by measuring:
- The pressures of the anal sphincter muscles
- The sensation in the rectum
- The neural reflexes that are needed for normal bowel movements
Why an Anorectal Manometry Procedure Is Performed
An anorectal manometry procedure can help diagnose several digestive problems, including:
- Stool leakage
- Anorectal function before or after bowel surgery
- Hirschsprung's disease
How the Procedure Works
Your doctor will ask you to lay on your left side. A flexible, sensored tube (about the size of a thermometer) with a balloon on the end is then inserted into the rectum. You may asked to do a series of movements, like push, squeeze or relax. The small balloon attached to the tube may be inflated in the rectum to assess normal reflex pathways as well.
What to Expect After the Procedure
Anorectal manometry is a relatively painless, quick procedure. It only last about 30-60 minutes. After the examination is over, your physician will go over the results of the test with you. Biofeedback therapy, which can help strengthen the muscles used when passing stool, may be recommended to you based on your results. You are free to drive yourself home and resume normal activities afterwards.
UPMC Susquehnanna offers quality care during digestive disease procedures in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.